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Alexander Petersen

Assistant Professor
BSc: University of Utah
MA: Boston University
PhD: Boston University
(209) 752-9741

Alexander Petersen
Research Interests: 
  • Career growth, longevity, output, collaboration in science
  • Growth, life-cycles, and coevolution in complex systems
  • Spatial mobility and innovation networks
  • Team science, organization
  • Innovation and management science
Primary Research Interest: 
General Biomedical Sciences
School: 
School of Engineering
Bylaw 55 Unit: 
Management of Complex Systems
Recent Success: 
Co-Primary Investigator NSF EAGER Grant (1738163, SciSIP program), From Genomics to Brain Sciences: What makes researchers tick in transdisciplinary initiatives
Community Affiliations: 
MIST
CITRIS
Memeber of HSRI Executive Committee
Graduate Courses: 
Quantitative Analysis for Management
Undergraduate Courses: 
Data analytics, Network science, Visualization
Graduate Student Research: 
Impact of “brain drain” on scientific integration of Europe
Current Graduate Students: 
0
Past Research Topics: 
Consensus model
Econophysics
Sociophysics
Area Of Expertise: 
Analysis of large multi-level data
Stochastic and agent-based modeling
Econometrics
Network science
Data science
Science of science
Biomedical innovation
Science careers
Collaboration
Mobility
Field of Study: 
Management Science
Year Joined UC Merced: 
2016
Hometown: 
Salt Lake City
Current Funding Needs: 
Funding to support Post-doctoral student on large-scale biomedical innovation project
Current Research Focus: 

Current research is primarily data-oriented, focusing on the evolution of large multiscale socio-economic systems by applying concepts and methods from complex systems, statistical physics, and management and innovation science. Current interests include:

  • Career growth, longevity, output, collaboration in science
  • Growth, life-cycles, and coevolution in complex systems
  • Spatial mobility and innovation networks
  • Team science, organization
  • Innovation and management science